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Rogers reveals eco-friendly Spanish technology centre - image

The first image of Richard Rogers's 50 million euro (£34 million) eco-friendly Palmas Atlas Technology Centre in Seville, Spain has made its global debut at this year's MIPIM property fair.

The 50,000m2 project - a collaboration between Richard Rogers Partnership and Vidal y Asociados Arquitectos - is intended to break away from the stereotypical image of business parks as isolated 'pavilion-like' buildings.

Heralded as a 'new standard in sustainable architecture', the cluster of seven buildings arranged around a central space draws heavily on the local Andalucian vernacular.

Rogers said: 'The arrangement attempts to replicate the smaller, more intimate sequence of courtyards and covered arcades prevalent in Andalucian towns.'

Rogers added that the layout creates easily shaded spaces, reducing heat load on the cluster of buildings.

He said: 'It creates a range of external areas with various characteristics which can be used and enjoyed throughout the year.

'The impact of the massing is lessened by overlapping one building with another and by the subtle landscaping of paved and planted spaces that weave the buildings together into a campus.'

Palmas Atlas Technology Centre - which will be occupied by sustainable-energy firm Abengoa - will incorporate a number of energy-saving features including photovoltaic panels, a tri-generation plant and hydrogen batteries.

by Clive Walker

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